New Zealand vs West Indies 1st Test Day 1 Highlights – Dec 1, 2017, NZ v WI highlights today – First test day one from Basin Reserve, Wellington (New Zealand) Friday 1st December 2017. The highest total of the venue is 680 with 8 wickets down in an innings, which was scored by the home team against India in 2014. West Indies highest total of the Basin Reserve, Wellington ground is 660 with five down against the home team in 1995. Pitch produced a lot of runs in every single match it does not meter which team is batting according to previous performances by all teams.
New Zealand have won the toss and elected to bowl.
New Zealand team/playing XI
1 Tom Latham, 2 Jeet Raval, 3 Kane Williamson (capt.), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 Tom Blundell (wk), 7 Mitchell Santner, 8 Colin de Grandhomme, 9 Matt Henry, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Trent Boult.
West Indies team/playing XI
1 Kraigg Brathwaite, 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Shai Hope, 4 Sunil Ambris, 5 Roston Chase, 6 Shimron Hetmyer, 7 Shane Dowrich (wk), 8 Jason Holder (capt.), 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Miguel Cummins, 11 Shannon Gabriel.
Match Timings: 11:00 start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
West Indies tour of New Zealand 1st Test Highlights
Early sightings of the pitch showed grass cover almost indistinguishable from the outfield, but that can often be misleading at this ground. ”It [The pitch] always looks a little bit [green] like that,” Kane Williamson said on Thursday. “There’s always something in the wicket if you do bowl well. But generally, it’s a fair surface which quickens up on day two and three”. The weather is expected to be largely fine for the duration of the match.
Sunil Ambris, who cracked 153 off 145 balls in the middle order in the tour game against a New Zealand A attack that contained seven international bowlers, is likely to occupy the spot vacated by Kyle Hope. New Zealand have already announced their XI, picking Matt Henry over Lockie Ferguson as a replacement for Southee, and handing a Test debut to wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Blundell at his home ground.
Umpires – Ian Gould, Rod Tucker
TV Umpires – Bruce Oxenford
Match Referee – Chris Broad
Reserve Umpire – Wayne Knights
Match number – Test no. 2284